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DTRA Director Talks Countering Threat Networks with Georgetown University Students

[2020.01.13, Mon 15:03] Oxford briefed the students on DTRA's efforts to fulfill its mission to enable Department of Defense, the U.S. government, and international partners to counter and deter weapons of mass destruction and improvised threat networks. The agency director spoke as part of DTRA's recently launched recruiting and outreach program targeting universities. Oxford said outreach to academia permits DTRA to introduce its career options to a more diverse population than is currently represented in the STEM fields. "Since taking over as DTRA director, it's been a priority of mine to recruit new talent and the next generation workforce who can fill jobs that use technologies in newly emerging fields that did not exist just a few years ago," said Oxford. Dr. John Jacocks, the Adjunct Assistant Professor for the School of Medicine at Georgetown University and instructor of the class said they use aspects of DTRA's various mission capabilities as case studies to demonstrate how the government works to keep the United States and its allies safe from WMD threats. Twenty four students attended the guest lecture, to hear from the leader of the DoD's WMD-focused combat support agency, and better understand how DTRA and other USG and international partners work together in the current geopolitical threat environment, facing the complexities of an interconnected world of state and non-state actors. Oxford said DTRA is in need of people like Fink, and that there are programs already in place to help prime them for a permanent position and long career within the Agency.
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